Preparing for Competition
Define Your Competitive Goals.
Run with your heard the first two thirds of a race and with your heart the final third.
The idea of competition is to complete.
Strength comes from the confidence of winning and from learning to accept and evaluate losses.
- Which race should I run?
- When is the right time to run races of different lengths?
- How often should I race a particular distance?
Have a plan in setting up your races.
Whether it's best to choose shorter or longer races as tune-up events depends on the individual runner, the conditions of the race, and the competition.
An understanding coach is particularly valuable in helping determine race distances and frequency.
Fit races into your graining schedule.
Why run the race?
Prepare for Your Racess
Adequate sleep is an important consideration before any race, and the simplest approach here is consistency.
Consistency again is the key with daily meals and nutrition as well as with prerace and preworkout meals and snacks.
Do what works best for you.
Drink water with your prerace meals because it's quickly absorbed.
Get in the habit of dirinking and eating some carbohydrates in the four hour period following training sessions and races.